My name is Mike Isenberg, and I’ve been in sports television for more than 28 years. After graduating from Emerson College, I landed my first job in Elmira, NY as Sports Director for the ABC affiliate. During my 6 ½ years there, I also spent time as a freelance anchor at WNEP-TV in Scranton, PA.
From there, I spent 10 years working at ESPN, setting a company record by getting promoted from a Production Assistant to Associate Producer. Eventually, I became a Highlight Supervisor, and ultimately, a Producer. Working at “The Worldwide Leader” taught me how the “big boys” do things. I was part of pregame, postgame and intermission shows, as well as Sportscenter.
ESPN also provided me with an invaluable gift – the ability to work with different types of people. Some were among the best in the world at what they do – guys like Dan Patrick, Mike Tirico and the late Stuart Scott. Dealing with them on a nightly basis was like a free Master’s class; learning about preparation, writing, and most importantly, the communication between talent and producers. One of the things I love most about sports and about TV is that you’re part of something bigger than yourself. Everyone needs to do their job, or we all fail. But when we all pull together, that rush is indescribable.
One of the coolest parts of working at ESPN and FOX has been working with athletes and coaches I’ve always admired, and teaching them how to get their points across to viewers. Where else can you learn the inside strategies than from players and coaches themselves.